With his small stature and crisp passes, Tyler Ulis has been one of the stars of the Cats’ trip to the Bahamas so far. Marcus Lee told reporters after the game that Ulis was the biggest surprise of the tour for him, calling the freshman a “bulldog” and telling the story about how Ulis refused to back down from DeMarcus Cousins during a pickup game last year. Calipari also raved about Ulis during his in-game interview with ESPNU, telling Jay Bilas and Kevin Connors that when he goes to the bench to put Tyler in, “there’s not a drop off, it’s a step up”:
“He’ll deliver balls for shots and really change the complexion of what everyone’s looking at. What Tyler does, how about when you go to the bench and you’re bringing him in. There’s not a drop off, it’s a step up. It’s a step up in energy, it’s a step up and you know he’s going to go play. He’s going to get it to you in a place where you can score.”
Whoa. How does Andrew Harrison feel about those remarks? Cal said that both Andrew and Tyler are “doing a good job running this team,” and he’s proud of how the freshman has pushed Andrew to work on his own passing. “Andrew is so much better at pushing the ball,” Cal said. A little competition doesn’t hurt anyone, right?
While we’ve grown accustomed to the platoon style substitutions, Cal said he’s looking forward to playing Andrew and Tyler at the same time. “I’ve got two point guards who are terrific,” Cal said. “I can play both together, late in the game I can have them both on the court together. There are times if I want to change up so that Andrew’s ahead to attack, you put them both in together.”
Hopefully we’ll get to see a taste of that on this trip.